Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Monthly Update

April 2015

Labor News

Bricklayers - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 44-15, we sent Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits packages for the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local Nos. 4 & 5, and the Cement Masons & Plasterers, Local No. 2, effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Building Laborers - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 35-15, we distributed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the New Jersey Building and General Construction Laborers, District Council Local Nos. 3 & 77, effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Carpenters & Millwrights - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 42-15, we emailed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits packages for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and Eastern Millwrights Regional Council, effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Dockbuilders - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 38-15, we emailed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits package for the Dockbuilders, Local No. 1556, effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters Locals 469, 560 & 408 - Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletin 37-15, we distributed to Active Members the latest wage and fringe benefits packages for Teamsters Local Union Nos. 469, 560 & 408, effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters Local 676 - Agreement, Wage & Fringe Benefits

In Bulletins 39-15 and 41-15, we informed Active Members of the three-year agreement reached with Teamsters Local 676 as well as the wage and fringe benefits package effective May 1, 2015. Access the bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Teamsters Local 331 - Agreement

In Bulletin 43-15, we announced a three-year agreement was reached with Teamsters Local No. 331 (Atlantic County), effective May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2018. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Education & Workforce Development

Construction Law for Construction Professionals

ACCNJ hosted a legal panel on April 8 to address issues of interest to members, of whom more than 30 attended. George Pallas of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman presented "Best Practices to Get Paid for Performing Extra Work;" John DiBiasi and Mike McKenna of Lewis and McKenna advised "What To Do When OSHA Comes-A-Knockin';" Mark Fleder of Connell Foley reviewed "Claims Against Design Professionals by Contractors and Owners;" and Charles Kenny of Peckar & Abramson detailed "Construction Liens: Problems and Pitfalls."

Summer Internship Program - Students Available!

While many of the 60 students who qualified for the Student Summer Program have received offers of employment from contractor members, we do still have some students available. You can find details online in Bulletin 06-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org. If you would like copies of student resumes, please contact Jill Schiff at the ACCNJ office, 732.225.2265 or jschiff@accnj.org.

Government Affairs

ACCNJ Attends Legislative Fly-In

Alongside AGC of America, ACCNJ staff participated in the Transportation Construction Coalition's annual legislative fly-in April 14 and 15 in Washington. Advocating on the Hill for federal reauthorization of monies for transportation infrastructure projects, the collective message was "Fix the Highway Trust Fund!"

Calling for TTF Funding in New Jersey

At the state level, ACCNJ staff participated in a similar event, the TransAction 2015 Conference April 21-23 in Atlantic City, urging state officials to find a sustainable funding method for New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund.

School Construction

School Construction Referenda Results

Only one bond issue was on the ballot for the school elections on April 21. The April date is primarily to approve school budgets and elect school board members, and most districts have moved that vote to November. In Chatham, Morris County, voters rejected a $24.8 million renovations and alteration project covering construction at four schools, and improvements to Cougar Field. Had it been approved, the project would have been eligible for state debt service aid in the amount of $2.9 million.

Safety

ACCNJ Safety Day 2015 a Huge Success

ACCNJ thanks all the members who participated in Safety Day 2015 on Wednesday, April 22, aimed at promoting the importance of safety in all aspects of the construction industry. Look for photos, a detailed article and a list of member events in the next ACCNJ Update.

Work Zone Safety Conference

ACCNJ staff, members and labor partners participated in the 2015 New Jersey Work Zone Safety Conference at Rutgers Busch Campus Center in Piscataway on April 29, sponsored by the New Jersey Work Zone Safety Partnership, of which the Association is a member, and New Jersey LTAP (Local Technical Assistance Program). The day-long conference attract 250 attendees and covered a host of topics. Most pertinent to members was the Contractor/Labor Panel that reviewed "Slowing Down Traffic in the Workzone," "Communication Between Contractors/Labor/Owner/Enforcement," and "Third-Party Work Zone Safety Contractors." Rick Bunker from ACCNJ member Railroad Construction and Mickey Harris from ACCNJ member Crisdel Group participated as panelists, along with Al Zabicki from the Operating Engineers, Local 825, Doug Small from Laborers Local 172 SET and Joe Scerbo from Laborers Local 472 SET. Look for a complete overview of events and photos in the next ACCNJ Update.

Highway Work Zone Safety Training

As you read in Bulletin 31-15, ACCNJ submitted an RFP to AGC of America to serve as a host site for the Susan Harwood Training Grant offering a Work Zone Safety Training Program. We are excited to have been selected as one of eight locations around the country. The one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices will be held at the Association offices in Edison at no cost. Participants may select one of two dates:  June 15 or June 16, 2015. For the registration form and more program details, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

REMINDER - OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course - May 18-21

ACCNJ will host an OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course May 18-21 (Monday-Thursday), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Association office in Edison. In Bulletin 21-15, members received complete details and the registration form. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

National Fall Safety Stand Down - May 4-15

In Bulletin 28-15, we sent information on OSHA's National Construction Fall Safety Stand Down, scheduled for May 4-15. Now a two-week event, the Stand Down is part of OSHA's initiative to prevent falls in construction, the leading cause of construction fatalities. We encourage ACCNJ members to participate. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

Communications & Publications 

AGC Webinars on Form I-9 and E-Verify

With Bulletin 36-15, we sent members an invitation to listen in on two webinars related to the Citizenship & Immigration Services Form I-9 (April 28) and E-Verify (April 29). The webinars were designed to help keep members compliant with the most recent changes, updates and best practices in these two federal entities.

ACCNJ Upcoming Events & Meetings

Membership Meeting - June 9

ACCNJ will host the next Membership Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Edison, with elaborate cocktails beginning at 5:30 pm followed by dessert and the program at 7 pm. The ACCNJ Scholarship Foundation will present financial awards to the candidates selected from this year's distinguished pool of qualified applicants. In addition, ACCNJ will honor members for their outstanding safety achievements in 2014 with our Annual Safety Awards. Please refer to Bulletin 40-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org for the registration form.

Wine v Stein - May 14 - TWO SPACES LEFT!

Scheduled for May 14, 6-10 pm at 90 Acres @ Natirar in Peapack, this popular event has only two seats left, so don't delay! Contact the Association office if you have not yet registered and plan to attend.

OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course - May 18-21

See details above in the Safety section for the course scheduled for May 18-21 (Monday-Thursday), 8 :30 am-4:30 pm at the Association office in Edison, and access Bulletin 21-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org for the registration form.

Highway Work Zone Safety Training - June 15 or 16

As we told you above in the Safety section, we are offering this training through a grant from AGC of America. Refer to Bulletin 31-15 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

2015 Calendar of Events

For a listing of events scheduled in 2015, visit accnj.org and click on the "Events" tab in the lower-right corner of the home page. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

Hot Topics Recap

In April, we posted these Hot Topics at accnj.org:

  • Kevyn Orr, Aide to AC Emergency Manager, Leaves Post
  • New Plan for Old Proposal at Vineland Hospital Site
  • Ironworkers General President to Retire
  • AC Moves Fast on Bader Field Development
  • March Construction Employment Up for Year, Down for Month
  • Proposals Hint at Various Futures for AC's Bader Field
  • Metro Construction Employment Continued to Rise in February

Industry News & Events

Members-Only Visits, Laborers Training Center - May 12

The Laborers International Union of North America's Construction Craft Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Fund of New Jersey and Delaware and Heavy and General Construction Laborers' 472-172 SET Programs offer outstanding training to both apprentices and journeyworkers. Come see for yourself! They will showcase their state-of-the-art training centers and topnotch instructors to ACCNJ Members in exclusive visits. There is still time to register for the May 12 visit to the Highway Laborers' Training Center in Aberdeen. Also, Local 172 SET Training Center in Folsom will offer a program once the new facility is complete. While there is no cost to attend, registration is required. You can find the flyer and registration form under March Bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Annual Concrete Awards Dinner - May 14

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute cordially invites you to attend the 52nd Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards Dinner on May 14, 2015, at The Heldrich in New Brunswick. For dinner reservations and opportunities to sponsor, visit www.njaci.com and scroll down to the bottom of the home page for forms, or call 732.940.1803.

Veteran-Only Opportunity Fair - May 19

Representatives of ACCNJ and Carpenter Contractor Trust of New York and New Jersey will attend this Veteran-Only Opportunity Fair on May 19 at the historic TWA Flight Center, hosted by JFK International Airport and presented by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Paradies Shops, Avid Budget Group, American Association of Airport Executives, Airport Minority Advisory Council and the VETS Group.

New Good Neighbor Awards Dinner - June 5

New Jersey Business & Industry Association invites you to attend the annual New Good Neighbor Awards Luncheon on June 5, 2015, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Twp., honoring outstanding companies that have built, expanded or renovated commercial and industrial buildings and development projects that improve the economy and landscape of New Jersey. For dinner reservations and opportunities to sponsor, call 973.852.6230.

Upcoming May Holiday

Memorial Day - Monday, May 25

Memorial Day is a holiday for the General Construction Trades. Active Members should refer to the Holiday Pay section under Contract Summaries in your Labor Information Reference Binder or online in the members-only section at accnj.org.